Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

According to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish while, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci), Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new and more perfect civilization. Read more about the blog.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

At Robert Burton's command, a child is sacrificed

Frances Thomson, one of Burton's "messengers"

[ed. - This is one of the coerced abortions reported to have been carried out in the Fellowship of Friends.]

"ton2u" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, September 15, 2012:

what follows is a brief factual account of events in my life, this account involves other people named and otherwise, and as it relates to actual events and experiences, it is written into ‘the karmic record.’
i moved to mt. renaissance [ed. - currently Apollo] with my “high school sweetheart” M.

we were both on salary and living in a tent in the woods when burton approached me about moving into the blake cottage [Robert Burton's residence at the time]. being young, naive, vain and foolish, i thought it an honor to be asked. i imagined it would be a way to accelerate my ‘evolution.’ it was difficult to separate from M but we both agreed that it was a ‘rare opportunity,’ we both believed that burton was ‘the only conscious being’ on the planet, and ‘the brightest light in 2000 years.’ M and i agreed to continue seeing each other but we moved out of our tent and i moved into the blake cottage.

i soon discovered burton’s shennanigans behind closed doors in the blake cottage — i had unwittingly become part [of] burton’s male harem. i extracted myself from that situation and moved back in with M, we rented a room in a house off property and soon thereafter we had a fellowship marriage. M became pregnant — when burton found out he gave me the ‘task’* of telling M to abort our unborn child. the ‘rationale’ from him was that ‘the child would not be born onto the ark’ — the child would be born before the predicted calamities befell humanity. my ‘instinctive’ gut-reaction to this directive from burton was that it came of jealousy and a desire for revenge… ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…’ i had moved out of ‘goddess’ burton’s ‘harem’ and returned to what i felt to be my ‘true love’ — i believe he hated seeing that.

i went to miles b for counsel… i told him my concerns about burton’s motives, i told him that M and i wanted the child and that we were both having a great deal of difficulty with this ‘task’ given by ‘the teacher.’ miles said in effect: “the teacher knows what’s best for the ark…” and he reassured me that burton knew what he was doing. and so with much wailing and gnashing of teeth, M and i were shipped off for a few days to the LA teaching house… the unborn child was aborted at a local hospital there and burton’s jealous vengeance was slaked by the sacrifice.

it was never the same between M and i afterward… i left the school within a year. realizing my complicity in this horrible act, my betrayal of M’s trust and love, i literally lost the will to live. when i left the ranch i didn’t have anywhere to go — contact and connection to family and friends had been systematically cut off by fof programming — so when i left the ranch i lived on the mean streets of san francisco for a time. (it was there i ran into kimo beech, shared a bottle of whisky with he and his companion… he’d left the cult sometime prior and had already been living on the streets for a long time by then — he looked it. i heard he died sometime later. i think that would have been my fate as well, i had given up… but fate intervened and so this cautionary tale).

it’s no wonder that miles tried to drown himself by crawling into a bottle of booze…. the pain must run deep in realizing his own complicity in the ruination of lives while working as a shill and yes-man for burton.
 [*ed. -  A "task" was considered a mandate from the "Teacher". Failure could result in fines or excommunication.]

"Purchasing awakening" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 25, 2007:

Another story.

I learned that earlier in his reign Robert asked married women not to have kids and if they already did to give them away. Many apparently listened and obeyed. Apparently Linda [Kaplan/Rockwood/Tulisso] was persuading pregnant women to have an abortion “to follow the will of the Teacher.” Gently ask older female students in FOF what happened to their kids.

Also teacher gave a task to students to euthanise or give away their non-pedigree canine companions. Many obeyed and killed or abandoned their dogs. Please read Stella’s story.

Then not so long ago he ordered to kill all black cats around the property because of his superstitions (apparently he thought black cats bring bad luck and are connected to the devil).

These are acts of a conscious being #7 (or higher), the teacher.

"Bruce" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 25, 2007:
There was also a time where hysterectomies were being suggested to women for birth control because once it’s done, that’s it, no more problem.

To my understanding some even took the advice.

"vera.mente" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 25, 2007:
Little story/testimony:

When I got pregnant I was living at Renaissance and my husband was on salary. We did not have the money to go to a doctor and were worried about future hospital bills.

My husband called Robert, but not until years later did he tell me what the teacher had said in response to a request for financial help for the birth, namely, that we had missed an opportunity to oppose our catholic upbringing by not having an abortion.

A student on salary with family later suggested we go to County Health Services. Fortunately I had excellent care.

BTW our child is an absolute delight, a gift beyond measure.

Thanks anyway for the advice, Bob.

"A former female student from long ago" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 25, 2007:
Re: Purchasing Awakening 273 & Bruce 276 “Women & Bearing Children”

I never understood the few, lovely, women I met who had left their children in the care of others at the behest of the FOF leaders. Please note that the directives may have come from Robert after Center Directors told him of situations that might threaten the student’s devotion and or payments. (Darn those silly outside influences.)

I had an abortion before joining the FOF and emotionally and physically, it is not a simple procedure. I have since had difficulty in giving birth to my children because of scar tissue from the first abortion and had complications that have resulted in several surgeries. The results of my own decision have caused life threatening hospital procedures and months away from my newborn children. Enough said, it was my decision but what about the women who followed orders from FOF headquarters?

I knew of a visit from Fran, an older woman, who was sent to escort a happily married woman to a hospital for a late term abortion of healthy twins. Why was this married student in a happy relationship guided to go to the hospital to abort two healthy fetuses? Robert loved the beautiful, handsome husband and it was during the mid/late 70s when the School could not afford to have students be distracted by the emotional or expensive aspects of children.

This potential mother and father were in pain but followed Robert’s directives – it was not a pretty situation. Years later Robert got his guy back and the wife was left to earn money outside of Renaissance while her husband was on salary.
[ed. - Also see: The abortion solution and Robert's Fellowship family planning .]

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